Painting and Decorating – Intermediate Apprenticeship

In this Apprenticeship you will be working in domestic and commercial properties and undertaking the decoration and protection of buildings.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Construction and Trades
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Location Construction Centre
  • Course Length 36 months

In this Apprenticeship you will work in domestic and commercial properties, undertaking the decoration and protection of buildings. This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship – you will be classed as fully qualified on completion (please note, there is no Level 3 Apprenticeship).

Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings. They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades. You could play a key role in transforming residential, commercial and industrial projects, or specialise in renovations or maintaining heritage buildings.

You will:

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge of access equipment and working platforms
  • Learn how to apply paint systems by brush and roller
  • Develop skills, such as spray painting, preparation of surfaces, applying preparatory, standard, digital print papers and wide width surface coverings

Choose this course if… you want to work with surface coatings and coverings to a high finish, carrying out work to both internal and external surfaces. Those looking to become a Painter and Decorator must be accurate, neat and on time.

Progression and careers: Once you have qualified, you could do an NVQ Level 3 in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting to improve your job prospects. With time you could become a team manager or supervisor and earn a higher salary. You could move into a related area of construction such as interior design, historical conservation, or set design. Alternatively, you could train in estimating or contract management. Some painters and decorators set up their own business. You could work as a subcontractor on larger projects and set your own day rates.

How much could you earn as a painter and decorator?

The expected salary for a painter and decorator varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained painter and decorators can earn £17,000 – £20,000
  • Trained painter and decorators with more experience can earn £20,000 – £30,000
  • Senior/master painter and decorators can earn £30,000 – £50,000
  • Self-employed painter and decorators set their own pay rates*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide, you ideally need GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths. However, we will work with you and provide  additional support to help you achieve their requirements, either prior to your Apprenticeship via a pre-Apprenticeship or during the delivery of your programme.

  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory
  • Specialist Painting and Decorating Workshop
Additional Costs

You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.

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